What should I do if someone I know gets sick?

Any faculty, staff, or student known to have been exposed to COVID-19 (determined to be a “close contact”) should quarantine in their place of residence and at least 6 feet away from everyone, including household members, for the 14 days after their last exposure to a person with COVID-19, and follow any other direction from their Local Public Health Authority (LPHA). LPHAs may consider ending quarantine early for close contacts who have not developed any symptoms or who receive a negative test result by an antigen or PCR test.

If a person exposed to COVID-19 becomes symptomatic during this time, they should contact their health care provider for testing and follow LPHA instructions for isolation.

Students who believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19, or are experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat and body aches, or loss of taste or smell are required to: isolate; avoid close contact with others; contact their primary health care provider by phone or a secure patient portal for medical advice, and follow all public health guidance.

Students who have been determined to be a close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes, or otherwise as determined by the local public health authority) to someone with COVID-19 must quarantine for 14 days from the time of exposure. 

Employees who have been physically onsite at an OSU location in the previous 14 days must notify their supervisor if they believe they have been exposed to COVID-19, if they have symptoms of COVID-19, if they have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or if they have had a positive COVID-19 test result.

Employees who have been determined to be a close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes, or otherwise determined by the local public health authority) to someone with COVID-19 are prohibited from being onsite on OSU property for 14 days from the time of exposure.

Last Modified: 
January 6, 2021